At Pools by Design, we can design and construct concrete swimming pools of any size or shape – the only limit is your imagination. To see examples of some of our most recent pool designs, click here to visit our gallery.
What’s the best way to choose your pool shape? Many people come to us already knowing what kind of pool design they’re interested in. Sometimes logic dictates what will work best on your property and for your family, but the pool shape you choose also depends on your personality and creative vision.
A Geometric Pool Design
The first thing people often think of when going through your pool design is a geometric shape and that makes sense. Properties tend to be divided into squarish pieces and houses tend to be rectangular as well. So, a rectangular pool understandably fits neatly into your site plan. In addition, a geometric pool is ideal for swimming laps. The distance from one end to the other is expected, and it’s easy to reverse direction. It also means the pool fence will be installed in the same shape as the pool, which can look very clean in your property.
Who chooses rectangular pools? They are popular with people who have a modern aesthetic, with a house that’s minimalist and urban with clean lines. It’s also popular with people who have a limited space for their pool. Rectangles are the go-to pool shape for those who like a disciplined, well-groomed garden and defined spaces. It’s the default shape for most of us, but maybe it can be a little ‘square’.
A Freeform Pool Design
In nature, lakes and rivers tend to have curves, so a rounded pool will look slightly more natural. It’s got a few other advantages too; when combining a rounded pool with a squared-off house, it creates spaces for furniture, decks, cabanas and features, where the corners would be if the pool were rectangular. The rounded shape contrasts with your home and other buildings, creating a softer, more creative look. If the pool is for relaxation more than for exercise, than a freeform shape probably does a better job of promoting that; it lends a relaxed, easy going feeling to the surrounding landscape.
Who chooses freeform pools? These are people who tend to have given a lot of thought to the design of their outdoor space. Sometimes they want their pool to have a natural feel, harmonising with their lush garden. Other times, they have a well-worked out plan in mind for the recreational area and a rounded pool is what ties everything together. It’s a good pool shape for thoughtful, creative people.
Why not combine the two?
If you feel you’re a bit in the middle, there’s no reason not to combine the two pool shapes in the same pool design. Perhaps your pool could have a shallow, rounded area for wading and a deeper, rectangular area for swimming laps. Alternatively, you could connect a round spa to your lap pool, or provide rounded sitting areas or steps at the edges of a rectangular pool, like the concept design below. Maybe you’re analytical, concerned with fitness, creative and interested in relaxation, all the same time. This kind of plan can offer the best of all worlds.
Whatever pool shape you prefer, Pools by Design can help you bring your pool design to life. Call us on 9205 3888 or fill out our online enquiry form. We are happy to answer all of your questions and start creating your dream pool.